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Species Heterotrioza chenopodii

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Plant-parasitic Hemipterans)
Superfamily Psylloidea
Family Triozidae
Genus Heterotrioza
Species chenopodii (Heterotrioza chenopodii)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Trioza chenopodii Reuter, 1876,
Trioza obliqua Thomson, 1877
Explanation of Names
Heterotrioza chenopodii (Reuter, 1876)
1.9-2.3 mm(1) [2.6-3.1 mm for T. obliqua in(2)]
The only Triozid recorded from our area that utilizes Chenopodiaceae as a host. Adults extremely variable in color, with younger individuals yellowish with brown markings and green abdomen; older individuals with uniformly dark brown dorsum. Full description in (3)
Widespread Palaearctic species; adventive in North America and now known to occur in e. US, the Maritime Provinces, Nebraska, and along the Pacific Coast (BC-CA)(4)
Chenopodiaceae, including Atriplex and Chenopodium(3)
Seasonally polymorphic (and sexually dimorphic), with a short-winged autumn-winter form and a long-winged summer form(3)(4)
earliest record in our area: VA 1988(4)
Works Cited
1.Keys to the insects of the European part of the USSR. Vol. I: Apterygota, Palaeoptera, Hemimetabola
Bei-Bienko G.Y. (Ed.). 1964. Leningrad: Zoological Institute. 935 pp.
2.Keys to the insects of the Far East of the USSR, Vol. 2. Homoptera and Heteroptera
Lehr, P. A., ed. 1988. Leningrad, Nauka Publishing House.
3.Trioza chenopodii Reuter: First North American record of an old world psyllid (Homoptera: Psylloidea: Triozidae)
Wheeler A.G., Hoebeke E.R. 1997. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington Vol. 99 pp. 409-414.
4.Trioza chenopodii Reuter (Hemiptera: Psylloidea: Triozidae): new western North American records of a Eurasian immigrant
Wheeler A.G., Hoebeke E.R. 2013. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 115: 201-204.